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Care Management - The New Employee Benefit

Posted by Jen W on Sep 26, 2018 11:34:06 AM

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, caregiving, education, care management, cognitive benefits, communication, Dementia, independence, meaningful connections, medical, Palliative care, seniors, socialization, Support

Why Cracker Barrel is the Best

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Mar 13, 2018 7:22:51 AM

When you think of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, you might think of long drives, your grandmother, or biscuits. Cracker Barrel is off almost all exits in the south. Going on a long trip? Chances are you have seen multiple signs for Cracker Barrel.

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Advocacy: What is it and who needs it?

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Jan 10, 2018 11:32:00 AM

pexels-photo-210585.jpegAre you an advocate? Do you help someone voice their needs and concerns? Do you provide needed information, or help make sense of information given to someone? Have you ever answered the question, “What would I want if I were in the other person’s shoes?” If so, chances are good that you have been an advocate. It’s both easier and harder than it sounds. If you are with your mom in the hospital, she might not want to pursue aggressive treatment for her latest exacerbation of her congestive heart failure (which now includes pneumonia), even though you believe she should. Can you effectively advocate for her in this case? You can, but it might be challenging. An advocate must adopt the views and preferences of the one advocated for, and make sure those views and preferences are heeded.

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Tags: advocate, Senior care Knoxville, Dementia, stress in seniors, elderly, senior living options, senior care chattanooga

6 Questions to Ask About Your Seniors Companion Pet

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Dec 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Wondering if it’s a good idea to find a new pet for a parent or grandparent? It’s a question that often comes up around the Holidays. Like the Christmas my brother decided to give my parents a voucher from the local pet shelter for a dog or cat, without asking if they wanted one. We certainly had a lively discussion over dinner that year!

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Tags: Alzheimer's, Senior care Knoxville, Dementia, Senior care, pets, companion pet

Top 8 Gifts for Adults Living with Dementia

Posted by Zach Wegman on Nov 30, 2017 3:14:57 PM

 

If you are anything like me, shopping for the holidays or special occassions is a nerve-wracking and anxiety-producing experience. Finding the perfect gift is completely impossible. Finding an acceptable gift is an almost Herculean task that requires stamina, determination, and luck. Whether it is for Christmas, Birthday, or even just because, buying a present can be stressful. Buying a gift for your loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer's is no different. To help you find an acceptable and maybe even perfect gift, I’ve gathered a list of 8 great ideas:

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Tags: Alzheimer's, caregiving, Senior care Knoxville, Dementia, Dementia Support, Holidays, memory care, Senior care, Senior Living, gift giving, vintage, personalized, personalized gifts, presents, gifts, shopping

You're a Caregiver...Now What?

Posted by Jen W on Aug 10, 2017 2:25:32 PM

“So now I am a caregiver. This is a role I hadn’t expected in this season”. We hear this often from family members caring for loved ones living with dementia. They feel unprepared, alone and lack confidence for this new role. Old strategies and approaches no longer seem to work. Caregiving can take its toll on families making them more susceptible to health problems, feelings of isolation, and financial stress. To help address this need, Choices in Senior Care has been offering the Savvy Caregiver Training Workshop: a 6-week, 12-hour Workshop series geared toward the family dementia caregiver. This free Workshop helps family caregivers increase knowledge and improve skills. Often, we see a shift in “outlook” as participants experience some “ah-ha” moments while interacting in class with each other and through studying the Workshop materials. The strategies discussed during the Workshop are designed to reduce the effects of caregiving stress and to enable attendees to develop a sense of control or mastery: to become a Savvy Caregiver!

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Tags: aging, Aging Driver, Alzheimer's disease, education, care management, cognitive benefits, communication, Dementia

Easy Recipes During the Hot Summer!

Posted by Jen W on Jul 7, 2017 3:45:37 PM

The hotter months can leave you extra exhausted from it being so DARN HOT! Stay focused on eating healthy with these easy recipes.

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Tags: aging, caregiving, education, exercise, care management, cognitive benefits, Dementia, health, resources

Respecting Others: What Does It Mean?

Posted by Jen W on Feb 1, 2017 2:10:59 PM

One of our Core Values at Choices in Senior Care is “Respect Others: we treat others as we want to be treated”. This seems like a good Core Value to think about as we start the New Year!
I “googled” this phrase and found a list of quotes at www.goodreads.com about respecting others. One of those quotes from NASA Astronaut Ron Garan is as follows: “Collaboration begins with mutual understanding and respect.”
At Choices in Senior Care, we understand the importance of collaborative work with our clients, based upon a relationship of mutual understanding and respect. By living our Core Values which includes Respect Others, we empower individuals and families to enhance their well-being.
An example of this is the way we begin work with a new Care Management client. We complete a comprehensive assessment and thorough home safety checklist to make recommendations to address the individual’s expressed immediate and long-term needs. We listen to their challenges and discuss concerns. We also bring additional areas of possible concern to the table, which the family may not yet be aware, and offer solutions for the individual and family to consider. We also assist to develop an individualized plan of care that will enable the person to function at their maximum potential, as well as assist with implementation of their chosen care plan. Thus, we list options based upon our professional assessment so that an individual and their family can make good informed decisions.
When you or your loved one is challenged by “the aging process” and feels in need of professional assistance, contact Choices in Senior Care at 865-978-6168 to request a free 30-minute Care Management consultation. We will be happy to discuss how we may collaborate with you this year. See for yourself how we live our Core Values to Care Passionately, Take Ownership, Serve with Integrity, Challenge the Norm, Strive for More, Embrace Teamwork, and of course…Respect Others.

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, caregiving, education, General, care management, cognitive benefits, communication, Dementia, health

How Can Care Management Benefit You Or Your Loved One?

Posted by Jen W on Jan 6, 2017 12:11:37 PM

How Can Care Management Benefit You Or Your Loved One? 

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, caregiving, education, care management, cognitive benefits, communication, Dementia, independence, meaningful connections, medical, Palliative care, seniors, socialization, Support

Preparing Meals That Can Be Safely Swallowed...

Posted by Jen W on Dec 22, 2016 2:12:55 PM

Holidays often mean spending family gatherings around the dinner table to enjoy favorite foods and traditions.   Meal times are enjoyable social times, but when health issues affect one’s ability to safely swallow or lack of coordination and cognitive challenges make getting food where it belongs a difficult task, these enjoyable times can become embarrassing and stressful.  With a little thoughtful pre-planning and creative adjustment to some old family favorites, joy can return to the dinner table.

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Tags: aging, Alzheimer's disease, education, Assisted Living, care management, cognitive benefits, Dementia, dining with dignity, easy meals, health, Holidays, medical, resources, senior safety, seniors, Support

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